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2 PhD's:Research the development of advanced solid-state transformers technology

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TU Eindhoven University of Techology

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Eindhoven

Description:

The Eindhoven University of Technology has vacancies in the European Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-EID-2017 project 'Advanced Solid-State Transformers' ASSTRA. The ASSTRA project is a Marie Sk³odowska-Curie Innovative Training Network and is looking for:

Two Early Stage Researchers (2 PhD students) to research the development of advanced solid-state transformer technology in DC-equipped energy supply systems.

The research will be conducted within the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group, Department of Electrical Engineering, in close cooperation with the ABB Corporate Research Center in Switzerland.  

Research challenge

Smart DC-equipped energy supply systems will play a major role in the future renewable approach of energy generation, distribution and consumption, where the penetration of electric vehicles and their associated charging infrastructure can be highlighted. This futuristic electrification network has in its core a flexible power conversion unit, distributing electrical energy from sources to loads in a similar fashion as today's internet hubs distribute information from senders to receivers. Specifically, this power conversion unit integrates state-of-the-art technology, such as Silicon-Carbide, in order to implement power electronics building blocks and magnetic components featuring breaking through performances, which will ultimately enable its industrial deployment. 

The research challenge will be divided over two PhD's working simultaneously and with a strong interaction with each other. The first PhD will focus on the power electronics conversion unit, using wide bandgap semiconductors in the ultra-high switching frequency range. Additionally, the protection and overload capabilities of the converter shall be researched and enlarged to enable usage of the technology in practical grid applications. The second PhD will focus on the medium frequency transformer, using advanced magnetic materials and modern manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing in order to tackle the isolation requirements and improve the thermal performance.

The project involves a two-partner network comprising the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and ABB Corporate Research Center in Switzerland. Intense mobility is envisaged throughout the duration of the project. A significant part (>50%) of the appointment will be executed at ABB in Switzerland. The PhD students will have access to excellent research and training facilities at both locations and will be guided by experienced supervisors.

Eindhoven University of Technology

TU/e profiles itself as a leading, international, in engineering science & technology specialized university. It offers excellent teaching and research and thereby contribute to the advancement of technical sciences and research to the developing of technological innovations and the growth of wealth and prosperity both in its own region (technology & innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering concentrates its activities on the analysis, synthesis and management of complex connected systems concerned with manipulating or guiding electromagnetic quantities. This is achieved by training highly qualified and academic people and by providing to the best of its ability new knowledge based on high quality research. The faculty aims to make a contribution to society by stimulating an improvement in the quality of life in a general sense and by being a leading innovative force behind the economy.

Electromechanics and Power Electronics group

The mission of the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group is to carry out fundamental research on enabling energy conversion theory, methods and technologies on which future developments in electromechanics, power electronics and motion systems are depending. The EPE group wants to remain the academic front runner in terms of sustainable energy conversion systems in the Netherlands.

The PhD student will join the group and collaborate intensely with the other members of the EPE group (around 50 researchers), where he/she will participate in an industrial research activity. The aim of his/her PhD research project is to develop power electronic converter concepts together with the associated magnetic components, which are characterized by high power density and high efficiency. This research activity will be done under close supervision by the EPE Group in collaboration with ABB Corporate Research Center.

Requirements:

For this project, a candidate with MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics will be selected and hired as doctoral student in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics Group (www.tue.nl/epe) for 4 years period. The candidate should have:
  • Excellent theoretical education in electrical or applied physics engineering, practical skills and experimental background with a specialization in power electronic converters and magnetic components design and development;
  • Experience with modeling and control of power electronic converters and electromagnetic modelling of inductive components with the use of finite-element tools;
  • Very strong mathematical and programming skills;
  • Experience and/or eagerness to implement power electronic converters and its magnetic components.

  • Eligibility criteria
    Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Sk³odowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, to be eligible for the position you may NOT have been resident in The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the past three years and may have a maximum of four years full-time equivalent research experience and not have been awarded a doctoral degree. The candidate will closely cooperate with the other persons involved in this international project. Your CV must include a complete list of the marks obtained during your whole university career.

    Salary Benefits:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • immersion into the R&D activities of a renowned multinational electrical engineering corporation 
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).

  • Benefits
    Marie Curie ITNs provide competitive financial support to the ESR. A gross salary between € 2222,00 and € 2.840,00 per month based on full-time employment), coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the ESR in research and training activities (contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.). The recruited researchers will have a regular contract with the same rights and obligations as any other staff member of TU/e. The ESRs should start within 2 months of the acceptance of the fellowship.
    Work Hours:

    38 hours per week

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